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Movies: Popular Movies of 1983

Movies in chronological context: 1983 (MCMLXXXIII)was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade. The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call. ()

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Return of the Jedi(1983)

PG
| 2h 15min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
4.0/5 (with 3,618 votes)

As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl. Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the dark side of the Force.

Scarface(1983)

R
| 2h 50min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 2,381 votes)

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Trading Places(1983)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 636 votes)

A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Octopussy(1983)

PG
| 2h 11min | Adventure, Action, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 396 votes)

James Bond is sent to investigate after a fellow “00” agent is found dead with a priceless Fabergé egg. James Bond follows the mystery and uncovers a smuggling scandal and a Russian General who wants to provoke a new World War.

Videodrome(1983)

R
| 1h 28min | Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 388 votes)

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

Directed by David Cronenberg - With James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Leslie Carlson, Peter Dvorský, Jack Creley, ...

The Meaning of Life(1983)

R
| 1h 47min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 387 votes)

Life's questions are 'answered' in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there's the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living donor. The world's most voracious glutton brings the art of vomiting to new heights before his spectacular demise.

WarGames(1983)

PG
| 1h 54min | Thriller, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 381 votes)

High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions! Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Superman III(1983)

2.7/5 (with 365 votes)

Aiming to defeat the Man of Steel, wealthy executive Ross Webster hires bumbling but brilliant Gus Gorman to develop synthetic kryptonite, which yields some unexpected psychological effects in the third installment of the 1980s Superman franchise. Between rekindling romance with his high school sweetheart and saving himself, Superman must contend with a powerful supercomputer.

Directed by Richard Lester - With Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, ...

Christine(1983)

R
| 1h 50min | Horror
3.3/5 (with 319 votes)

Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie's girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other.

National Lampoon's Vacation(1983)

3.6/5 (with 297 votes)

Clark Griswold is on a quest to take his family on a quest to Walley World theme park for a vacation, but things don't go exactly as planned.

Never Say Never Again(1983)

PG
| 2h 14min | Adventure, Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 271 votes)

James Bond returns as the secret agent 007 one more time to battle the evil organization SPECTRE. Bond must defeat Largo, who has stolen two atomic warheads for nuclear blackmail. But Bond has an ally in Largo's girlfriend, the willowy Domino, who falls for Bond and seeks revenge. This is the last time for Sean Connery as Her Majesty's Secret Agent 007. Made outside of the traditional Broccoli production environment due to separate rights having been obtained for this specific Ian Fleming story.

Flashdance(1983)

R
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 270 votes)

The popular 1980’s dance movie that depicts the life of an exotic dancer with a side job as a welder who true desire is to get into ballet school. It’s her dream to be a professional dancer and now is her chance. The film has a great soundtrack with an Oscar winning song.

The Dead Zone(1983)

3.5/5 (with 261 votes)

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

Risky Business(1983)

R
| 1h 38min | Comedy, Romance / Love, Drama
3.3/5 (with 251 votes)

Meet Joel Goodson, an industrious, college-bound 17-year-old and a responsible, trustworthy son. However, when his parents go away and leave him home alone in the wealthy Chicago suburbs with the Porsche at his disposal he quickly decides he has been good for too long and it is time to enjoy himself. After an unfortunate incident with the Porsche Joel must raise some cash, in a risky way.

A Christmas Story(1983)

PG
| 1h 34min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 249 votes)

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.

The Outsiders(1983)

PG
| 1h 31min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 241 votes)

When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.

Jaws 3-D(1983)

PG
| 1h 39min | Thriller, Horror
2.2/5 (with 224 votes)

This third film in the series follows a group of marine biologists attempting to capture a young great white shark that has wandered into Florida's Sea World Park. However, later it is discovered that the shark's 35-foot mother is also a guest at Sea World. What follows is the shark wreaking havoc on the visitors in the park.

The Right Stuff(1983)

PG
| 3h 13min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 170 votes)

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

Zelig(1983)

PG
| 1h 19min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 165 votes)

Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others.

Directed by Woody Allen - With Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow, Bruno Bettelheim, Josephine Baker, ...

Sudden Impact(1983)

R
| 1h 57min | Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 161 votes)

When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.

Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)

3.8/5 (with 158 votes)

It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, featuring Scrooge McDuck as his namesake and inspiration Ebenezer Scrooge and Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit. This film was based on a 1972 audio musical entitled Disney's A Christmas Carol. It is a twenty-four minute animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions as an accompaniment to a re-release of The Rescuers.

Directed by Burny Mattinson

Cujo(1983)

R
| 1h 31min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 155 votes)

A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Directed by Lewis Teague - With Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Arthur Rosenberg, ...

Terms of Endearment(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 144 votes)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking.

Twilight Zone: The Movie(1983)

3.2/5 (with 132 votes)

Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control. "A Quality of Mercy", "Kick the Can", "It's a Good Life", and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".

Rumble Fish(1983)

R
| 1h 34min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 115 votes)

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Psycho II(1983)

R
| 1h 53min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 113 votes)

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by "her" demands and begins to question his own sanity.

Sleepaway Camp(1983)

R
| 1h 25min | Horror
3.1/5 (with 102 votes)

Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.

Directed by Robert Hiltzik - With Mike Kellin, Jonathan Tiersten, Felissa Rose, Christopher Collet, Robert Earl Jones

The Big Chill(1983)

1h 45min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 101 votes)

A couple's marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth, reminisce, smoke marijuana, and pair off with each other.

Krull(1983)

3.0/5 (with 97 votes)

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Michael Jackson's Thriller(1983)

14min | Horror, Music
4.1/5 (with 92 votes)

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies.

Directed by John Landis - With Ola Ray, Vincent Price
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